Making sense of a shop floor
This is the floor that we uncovered during the 2008 campaign in the second room in fullonica VI 16, 3-4 at Pompeii. As you can see, the floor consists of large tegulae and is on a slightly lower level than the threshold of the room. In the middle of the threshold, you can see a hole, covered by a small terra cotta tile. This, in fact, is the beginning of a drainage channel consisting of several imbrices. Unfortunately, it cannot be traced much further than the other side of the threshold, so it is unclear where it went. Interestingly, the basin in the room (of which you can see a small part of the corner on the left) had a discharge tube that mouthed on top of the shop floor, so that the water flowed over the tegulae when the basin was emptied. This may seem strange, but now notice the four small rectangular holes that have been made in the floor. After some days of discussing and further cleaning, we concluded that the most plausible interpretation of the whole situation is that they hosted the supports of a wooden platform that was placed on top of the floor, perhaps on the level of the threshold.
Suus (14-03-2009, 20:34):
*krijgt vlaktekeningtrauma's maar herinnert zich eveneens mooie tijden en turnachtige posities tijdens het tekenen met Jul*